July 31, 2000

BBC Radio Scotland Undecided About Webcasting

BBC Radio Scotland is examining the possibility of making its entire content available via streaming audio as early as this fall. This would include “Pipeline,” the weekly magazine show on Highland piping, produced and presented by Iain MacInnes.

“We are currently looking into the cost and contractual logistics of streaming the entire BBC Radio Scotland output on the Web,” said Julie Adair Executive Editor, Online & Interactive, BBC Scotland. “We hope that, before too long, listeners around the UK (and beyond) will be able to hear Scottish content online.”

There has been speculation that content would be made available as early as this summer, but so far nothing has come of it.

The BBC is an organization funded by public money. British taxes and television and radio license fees support non-commercial broadcasting, thus complicating the route to free access to BBC content.

Several weeks ago, the BBC announced that massive and sweeping cuts would be made across the company, impacting programming and personnel. No information has been made available as to whether “Pipeline” or any other BBC Radio Scotland shows would be affected by the cuts.

Adair advises that those interested should continue to check BBC Radio Scotland Online for further news.


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